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Case 309 - University bans the throwing of mortar boards on graduation day

Issue

A university has banned the throwing of mortar boards on graduation day. The university collected the hats after the graduates ceremony finished, to avoid them throwing their caps into the air. Enquirer was told they do this because of health and safety issues.

Panel decision

There is nothing in health and safety law which stops graduates having fun and celebrating their success in the time-honoured fashion! What a shame that jobsworths choose to stand in the way of this great photo opportunity. If the concern is really about the hats being returned in good condition then the University should say that and not use health and safety as an easy excuse.

2014-08-19